- Freedmen Massacred at Opelousas
September 28, 1868 to September 29, 1868 ST LANDRY, Louisiana Politics, Race-Relations, Crime/Violence, African-Americans
The Opelousas massacre occurred in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, on September 28, 1868. It centered around Emerson Bentley, a white editor for a local newspaper called The Landry Progress and an influential schoolteacher who promoted the education of black children. Bentley wrote an article that local members of the Seymour Knights, a branch unit of the white supremacist group The Knights of the White...